It is the first time the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Diabetic Limbs has come to Australia, and this year it is being held at Monash University.
Speakers include diabetes researchers from across Australia and the Asia Pacific, including Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.
Speakers will discuss the situation of diabetes in the Asia Pacific region, nutrition, diabetes in the foot, and infection.
Monash University Associate Professor Geoff Sussman, Department of General Practice, is this year’s convenor of the conference. He hopes the conference will help raise awareness about diabetes.
“Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition, with a reported 275 people diagnosed every day,” he said.
“It is especially fitting the conference is coming to Melbourne, with recent research published by Monash University that found the amount of people with diabetes in Melbourne hospitals was higher than previously thought.”
Associate Professor Sussman said one area the conference would especially focus on was the diabetic foot.
“Up to 25 per cent of diabetes sufferers will form foot ulcers, and more than half of all foot ulcers will become infected with some leading to amputation.
“Diabetes-related amputations have increased 30 per cent in the past decade with one Australian losing a limb every three hours. It is one area we will discuss at the conference, and hope to raise awareness about what the public and health professionals need to look out for.”
The conference is being held at Monash University’s Parkville Campus from Friday 14 to Saturday 15 November. To register online, visit: www.apcdlp2014.com.